BIG WEEKEND! Claremont is loaded with events from commencements to OLA Fiesta
Friday, May 11
OLA FIESTA The 71st OLA Fiesta at Claremont’s Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., kicks off at 5 p.m. Admission is free for the annual event, which features carnival rides, international food prepared by OLA’s Hispanic, Vietnamese and Filipino communities, and live music. Discount ride tickets are available until noon today through the parish office. The Fiesta runs until 10 p.m. tonight, continuing tomorrow and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m., respectively. The OLA Fiesta is among the most popular events in the city, attracting some 15,000 visitors over the weekend. Evening musical guests tonight are Fortunate Son. The ACE Band takes the stage Saturday and The Suave Band closes things out Sunday. Afternoon music from Christian band the Falconers is on tap for Saturday, with jazz with Dave and Jeff on Sunday. Visit olaclaremont.org or call (909) 626-3596 for more details.
COLLEGES’ COMMENCEMENTS The Claremont Colleges begin graduation ceremonies today as the 7C Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Board commencement ceremony kicks things off from 4 to 7:15 p.m. at Pickford Auditorium, Claremont McKenna College, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 621-8639. Most of the other Claremont Colleges hold their ceremonies tomorrow. See our website for more info on tomorrow’s and Sunday’s graduation ceremonies.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Free live music is in the air again tonight as the city’s annual Friday Nights Live series continues with the sublime Americana of Claremont Voodoo Society, with the great Rick Shea guesting on guitar, at Laemmle plaza; Liz Hangan’s Blues and Fries at the chamber of commerce; masterful cover artists The Dogs at Shelton Park; and Mohave Beach Band at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
MINGLE, MUNCH Senior social group Mingle and Munch celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Enjoy Mexican food, beverages, music, and a piñata contest at the event. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation). The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Reservations, at (909) 399-5488 or online at claremontrec.com, are required.
COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA Claremont High School theater department’s production of The Complete History of America (Abridged), continues at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The ambitious, rapid-fire play covers “6,000 years of American history in 6,000 seconds,” according to a press release. “Join the theatre production class in a rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history from Washington to Watergate and from the New World to New World Order.” More info is at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or (909) 624-9053, ext. 30463.
CLAREMONT’S MUSICAL GENE POOL The Folk Music Center started bringing world-class folk, blues and bluegrass pickers and singers to the area in the 1950s, putting Claremont on the map as a worthwhile stop for touring musicians of all stripes. As players gravitated to the City of Trees, they had families, and the musical gene was passed down the line. Among several examples of this trait are Claremont’s Craic Haus, with Danny Oberbeck on drums and vocals, and his son Dylan Oberbeck on guitar. The Irish-tinged “shamrockabilly” trio, which also includes Julian Johnson on bass, is playing locally at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium.You can learn more about the band and check out their show schedule at craichaus.com. On May 19, the Folk Music Center’s Ellen Harper and her granddaughter Harris Harper will both appear at the 34th annual Claremont Folk Festival. Also, local band Gene Pool is another representative of a vibrant musical family thread. The rock/soul group features longtime Backstreet guitarist Roman “Roach” Foronda and singer and bassist Rob Donofrio, along with their sons, guitarist Dominic Foronda and drummer Woody Steve James. The band gigs regularly around the Upland and Claremont area, and their shows—including a free one at 9 p.m. tonight at the Black Watch Pub at 497 N. Central Ave., Upland—are a family affair of the most wonderful kind.
Saturday, May 12
BIRD LA DAY Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, celebrates Bird LA Day from 8 a.m. to noon. Held every May, Bird LA Day celebrates the birds of Southern California and Los Angeles’ considerable biodiversity. The event, free with general admission, includes a guided bird walk at 8 a.m. and family-friendly discovery stations from 9 a.m. to noon. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT The La Verne Symphony Orchestra performs a free and open to the public 2 p.m. concert at Church of the Brethren, 2425 E Street, La Verne. The orchestra will play selections from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Vivaldi, a clarinet duet by Muller and a violin and piano piece by Boulanger. The family-friendly concert will also include the world premiere of A Marriage, composed by David Ovcharenko, a LVSO member. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The LVSO is a student/community orchestra conducted by Rachel V. Huang and hosted by the University of La Verne. More info is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘THE IMMIGRANTS’ MURAL UNVEILED Pomona’s Latino Art Museum unveils its new mural by artists Yolanda Londoño and Luis Fernando Molina, “The Immigrants,” at 6 p.m. The museum at the Pomona Arts Colony is located at 281 S. Thomas St., Suite 105, Pomona. More info is available online at latinoartmuseum.com or via email at email@example.com.
Sunday, May 13
LET’S HEAR IT FOR MOM It’s here, the day all sons and daughters need to step up and salute the one who brought you into this crazy world: mom. Whether she’s near or far, and whether your relationship is solid or tenuous, it’s time. When my mom was here, she preferred simple home cooked meals, and maybe a silly comedy film. Yours may be fancier, and if so, there are oodles of options around town. Be aware though that it’s the busiest day of the year for American restaurants, so make your reservations early. Gifts are of course personal, but at the very least you will need to bring flowers and/or something sweet to dear ol’ mom. You know where to go. Don’t delay. If you’re reading this on Mother’s Day and you haven’t yet got mom situated, you’re not a terrible child, but you’re getting there. Check out esquire.com/lifestyle/g2121/mothers-day-gift-guide for some suggestions. Love your mothers, people; you only get one and she won’t last forever.
FARMERS MARKET If you’re looking for something lovely to do with mom on this Mother’s Day, or you’re heading off to graduation ceremonies at Pomona College or Harvey Mudd, maybe you’d like to chill out and take in one of the city’s loveliest traditions, the Artisan’s and Farmer’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Harvard Avenue between First Street and Bonita Avenue. The mellow, weekly market features small farm fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, honey, juices, flowers, plants, books, clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and other locally made items, and live music. Moms love this kind of stuff.
ART OF POP The Art of Pop show, celebrating pop culture artists and their creations, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature and celebrate local artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and others actively producing work in the pop culture oeuvre. Go to the event page on Facebook for more information.